Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12


Previous events


TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Species Unaspis euonymi - Euonymus Scale

Unaspis euonymi Euonymous Scale - Unaspis euonymi - female Unknown insect on our Golden Euonymus - Unaspis euonymi My Euonymus bushes get covered with these every summer. - Unaspis euonymi - male - female White bugs on shrub - Unaspis euonymi scale - Unaspis euonymi Unaspis euonymi Euonymus Scale - Unaspis euonymi
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Sternorrhyncha (Plant-parasitic Hemipterans)
Superfamily Coccoidea (Scales and Mealybugs)
Family Diaspididae (Armored Scale Insects)
Genus Unaspis
Species euonymi (Euonymus Scale)
Numbers
one of 2 species in this genus in North America listed at nearctica.com
Size
adult female 1.5-3 mm
adult male about 1 mm
Identification
Adult Female: covering brownish-gray, shaped like an oyster shell, broadly rounded posteriorly, tapering to a point anteriorly, with oval prosomal plate; body (only visible with covering removed) yellow, sac-like, pear-shaped, with 5 abdominal segments but no appendages or eyes
Adult Male: covering white, oblong or elongate, with middorsal and two lateral ridges; head yellowish-brown; body (only visible with covering removed) pale orange with wings

Nymph (Crawler): pale yellow to orange with no covering
Range
many areas of the world
in North America, mainly eastern United States and southeastern Canada, but liable to occur anywhere via shipments of cultivated and ornamental plants
Habitat
on leaves and stems of hostplant
Food
nymphs and adults feed mainly on leaves of Euonymus species;
other hosts include boxwood (Buxus), Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens), English Ivy (Hedera helix), holly (Ilex), privet (Ligustrum), honeysuckle (Lonicera), Paxistima canbyi, and Pachysandra terminalis
Life Cycle
overwinters as a fertilized female; one generation per year in the north, to three or four in the south; in early spring, eggs are laid underneath the protective scale, and hatch in May and June; crawlers migrate to leaves to feed; they may also be blown by the wind to other susceptible hostplants
Remarks
U. euonymi is the most common and most serious pest found on Euonymus plants.
See Also
males and females of Unaspis citri are very similar (1, 2, 3) but their main host is Citrus, and they primarily attack the trunk and larger limbs; other hosts of U. citri include Annona muricata, Musa paradisiaca, Cocos nucifera, Psidium guajava, Ananas comosus, Artocarpus heterophyllus, Tillandsia usneoides
among other scale hosts on Euonymus, California Red Scale (Aonidiella aurantii) is reddish and circular, and Latania Scale (Hemiberlesia lataniae) is light brown and oval
Internet References
close-up photos of males and females; PDF doc plus general overview (Ohio State U.)
live adult image of male and female U. euonymi on host plant (U. of California at Davis)
photo of female (North Carolina State U.)
11 photos of various life stages and hostplant damage (zipcodezoo.com)
drawings and overview of U. euonymi (North Carolina State U.)
drawings of adult female and male U. citri (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia)
hostplants of scale insects in California with photos and overview of several specis (U. of California at Davis)
illustrated overview of biology and control (Missouri Botanical Garden)
description, hostplants, control (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food)
diagnosis of genus; PDF doc with detailed description of microscopic anatomy (European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization)
problems and pests of Euonymus (Clemson U., Alabama)